A lot was riding on the success of Ghost in the Shell. The upcoming wave of anime adaptations such as Death Note and Akira, Paramount Pictures’ chance for a new sci-fi franchise led by Scarlett Johansson, and the chance to stymie the steadily-growing outcry against whitewashing.
But when Ghost in the Shell limped into theaters last weekend, bringing in a meager $20 million domestically on a $110 million budget, that may have spelled the end for Hollywood adaptations of anime classics. But this is not the first time Hollywood has tried and failed to remake a critically and financially successful film based on an Asian property — nor will it be the last time. The question I’m interested in answering is whether or not these Hollywood adaptations of Asian movies actually make money. Let’s look at the numbers.
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Earlier this year, The Departed producer Roy Lee said there was a TV series adaptation of Martin Scorsese‘s Best Picture-winning crime drama in the works. At the time, the producer said they were trying to figure out if they were going to make it a network series or a cable series, but it turns out it won’t be either.
The Departed TV series is now being developed by Amazon Studios, who will produce the show with Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group and Plan B Entertainment, all the production companies who worked on the film, as well as Warner Bros. Television. However, the series will have no ties to the 2006 film at all. Find out what The Departed TV series will focus on after the jump. Read More »
Over the past 20 years, there have been more remakes than Hollywood has seen before. Sometimes they turn out fantastic like The Departed (a remake of Infernal Affairs) or True Grit (a remake of the John Wayne western of the same name). But it seems more often there have been duds such as Len Wiseman’s Total Recall, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, Spike Lee’s Oldboy, and Jose Padilha’s RoboCop.
A new video compares shots from some of these original movies, over two dozen in total, to their more recent remakes. Movies like Let the Right One In, Funny Games, Sleuth, Solaris, The Fly, Cape Fear and more are included. Read More »
Director Martin Scorsese finally got the Oscar love he deserved when his work on The Departed allowed him to take home the Academy Award for Best Director, not to mention the film winning Best Picture and screenwriter William Monahan winning Best Adapted Screenplay. And since the film was a remake of the Chinese crime film Infernal Affairs, which was the first in a trilogy of films, some have wondered why we never got a sequel to The Departed.
William Monahan previously revealed details as to what the story would have been for a once-developing sequel, but it’s just not going to happen, mostly because Scorsese just isn’t interested. However, The Departed may still make a comeback on the small screen as the film’s producer Roy Lee revealed that a TV series adaptation of the film is in development. Find out what we know about The Departed TV series so far. Read More »
Put Martin Scorsese up against any filmmaker and the native New Yorker has a fighting shot. Hawkes? Ford? Kubrick? Hitchcock? Spielberg? All legends, but Scorsese is undeniably in the same league. And this weekend marks one of the first full gallery shows specifically dedicated to his films.
Spoke Art has taken over New York’s Bold Hype Gallery for Scorsese: An Art Show Tribute, featuring work based on films such as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Departed, Gangs of New York, Casino and many more. Artists such as Scott Campbell, Joshua Budich, Dave Perillo, Fernando Reza, Jayson Weidel, Jessica Deahl, Jon Smith, New Flesh, Paul Shipper, Rhys Cooper, Rich Pellegrino and Sam Smith have all contributed to the show, which is open Friday April 19 through Sunday April 21.
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Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011 by Angie Han
Reports of a possible sequel to Martin Scorsese‘s The Departed have been floating around pretty much since its release, but we haven’t heard any solid news about a follow-up in quite some time. In a recent interview, however, screenwriter William Monahan re-ignited the conversation by revealing his thoughts on a possible storyline for the sequel — though he was also careful to warn that he thinks it may never happen. Read more after the jump.
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Subtonix decided to create a map of the United States by pinpointing the movies which best represent each of the 50 states. For example, New Jersey is Clerks and Kansas is The Wizard of Oz. There will likely be some debate over some of these choices (is Fast Times at Ridgemont High the ultimate representation of California?) but it is an interesting concept none the less. It’s also interesting to note that more Coen Brothers films appear on the map than any other filmmaker. Hit the jump to see the whole map, and click to enlarge.
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Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
A couple weeks ago we ran a listing of the best reviewed films of the decade as compiled by Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. We followed that up by the top 20 films of the decade, as voted on by the users of FlickChart.
Today I decided to compile the top 25 films of the decade, as voted by the users of the Internet Movie Database. While it is very easy to discount any of these lists (or any best of list in general), and while it might be easy for many of you to just write off the user ratings on IMDb as fanboy voting, it’s definitely the largest sampling of movie-going opinion that exists today.
# American Film Title (year) IMDb rating # of Votes # on Top 250 of all Time List
1. The Dark Knight (2008) 8.8 410,450 9
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 8.8 329,852 11
3. City of God (2002) 8.7 148,073 16
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 8.7 355,929 20
5. Avatar (2009) 8.6 69,101 24
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The Internet Movie Database have announced The Top Rated Films of the New Millennium, looking at the 15 films made since 2000 that IMDb users have rated as the best of the new millennium. Usually people are quick to write off the IMDb user ratings as fanboy controlled, but I was surprised to four foreign and three animated films on the list, films from Darren Aronofsky and Michel Gondry, in addition to the expected trilogy and comic book heros. Check out the full list after the jump.
Discuss: Forget the order of titles, as we could argue about that for a year… Which films shouldn’t have made it, and which films should be on the list, but aren’t?
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